200 Texas Outlaws and Lawmen, 1835-1935

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Pelican Publishing, Feb 29, 2008 - History - 288 pages
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"This handy volume is chock-full of basic information on gunfighters who kept the Lone Star State 'hot' with outlaw-lawman activity for one hundred years. A great reference book on the Wild West." -Roy B. Young, editor, The Journal of the Wild West History Association
"Takes readers back to the untamed West when the pistol, the rifle, and the rope provided justice and only the hand-me-down stories divided the lawmen from the lawless." --ForeWord Magazine

Texas is known for producing and attracting vicious outlaws. Machine Gun Kelly, Billy the Kidd, and Clyde Barrow are just a few. These criminals terrorized civilians, inspiring both fear and awe and creating legends that would be handed down through generations. Tales of the state's gunfights, robberies, heinous ne'er-do-wells, and noble lawmen bring to life a time before the West was tamed.

During the wild days of Texas some of the events that occurred were stranger and more interesting than fiction. While staying at a hotel, John Wesley Hardin killed a man for snoring. Robert Clay Allison killed a looter for breaking one of his mother's favorite pitchers. Even the lawmen of this time period were not always heroic. Henry Brown, a former deputy sheriff, took time off from his position as a city marshal in order to rob a bank and was later killed by irate citizens. Sheriff John Larn killed a half-deaf suspect who did not halt when commanded.

The profiles in this reference include outlaws, gangsters, lawmen and a few Texas feudalists, Rio Grande border warriors, and Indian agitators. Also included is a chronology of well-known crimes and a locale list of notorious events.


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This book contains quite a few factual errors! Among others, the Bob Lee bio. Lee returned from the war, 1865. Wasn't a 'prominent rancher.' Peacock wasn't killed in the company of Union soldiers! He was killed as he exited his home by a member of Bob Lee's faction who was hidden in a fruit tree.
Lee lived in Fannin County. Joined CSA in Grayson County. He was kidnapped shortly after returning home from the war. He was taken to near Bonham, Texas where he was forced to sign an IOU for $1000 gold. He was released and later filed charges in Bonham.
When the Peacock group came for the money, Lewis and group got lead, not gold. The Feud began.

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Laurence J. Yadon is an attorney, mediator, and arbitrator. He has assisted the Department of Justice in litigation matters before his local United States district court and has successfully argued before the US Supreme Court. He is the co-author of Pelican's 100 Oklahoma Outlaws, Gangsters, and Lawmen: 1839-1939; 200 Texas Outlaws and Lawmen: 1835-1935; Ten Deadly Texans; Old West Swindlers; Arizona Gunfighter; and Outlaws with Badges. Yadon resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Dan Anderson is a former award-winning newspaper journalist and photographer. He resides in Katy, Texas. Anderson and Yadon are also the authors of 100 Oklahoma Outlaws, Gangsters, and Lawmen: 1839-1939, also published by Pelican.

Robert Barr Smith is a History Channel commentator and the author of more than thirty articles and five books. He co-authored Old West Swindlers, and Outlaws with Badges, and has been the editor for Yadon's other titles. Smith served more than twenty years in the Judge Advocate General's Corps. He is a former deputy attorney general of California and a retired professor of the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Smith lives in Norman, Oklahoma.

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